By Petty Officer 1st Class Rob Rupp, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (October 12, 2016) – Ninety-year-old Bruce E. McCormick, retired Petty Officer 1st Class and an early member of the Navy Scouts and Raiders, was presented the Special Warfare (SEAL) insignia, commonly referred to as the “SEAL Trident”, during a pinning ceremony at the SEAL Heritage Center on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Va., Oct. 12.
Capt. Jamie Sands, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group TWO, pinned the Trident on McCormick’s lapel officially making him a member of the Navy SEAL community.
“I was incredibly honored to pin the Navy SEAL trident on one of the original members of Scouts and Raiders,” said Sands. “He represents an extraordinary piece of NSW history, and I was grateful for the opportunity to celebrate his service to our country.”
The Scouts and Raiders were created in 1942 for the covert reconnaissance of landing beaches and coastal defenses. The Scouts and Raiders units could conduct raids and sabotage missions from a pair of men to platoon sized operations.
The first Scouts and Raiders group was commissioned in October 1942 and first this group saw combat in November 1942 during Operation Torch, the first allied landings in Europe, on the North African coast. The Scouts and Raiders also supported landings in Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, Normandy, and southern France.
McCormick attended Scouts and Raiders training at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, formerly known as Amphibious Training Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Va. in 1944.
“I am truly thankful to receive the Special Warfare insignia,” said McCormick. “It was such a surprise and I am overwhelmed by all the people who came to witness this.”
The UDT-SEAL Association also presented McCormick with a lifetime membership to the association, a non-profit veterans support organization whose members are made up of U.S. Navy personnel who have served, or are presently serving in the Naval Special Warfare community.
“Scouts and Raiders have always been welcome by the UDT-SEAL Association,” said McCormick. “I am thankful for the lifetime membership and I appreciate everything they do.”
After the ceremony ended current Naval Special Warfare East personnel were able to meet with McCormick during a luncheon and share “sea stories.”